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Baby P lodger could be freed in just two years

PUBLISHED: 17:14 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

A MAN convicted of allowing the death of 17-month-old Baby Peter could be free in just two years. Jason Owen, 37, of Wittersham Road, Bromley, who lodged with the stepfather and mother of Baby Peter, who died after horrific abuse despite being on the at

A MAN convicted of allowing the death of 17-month-old Baby Peter could be free in just two years.

Jason Owen, 37, of Wittersham Road, Bromley, who lodged with the stepfather and mother of Baby Peter, who died after horrific abuse despite being on the 'at risk' register, was sentenced to three years last Friday at the Old Bailey.

But as he has already been remanded in prison for 235 days, he may be released within two years.

The tot's 27-year-old mother, who hid his injuries from social services, was sentenced to life a minimum of five years meaning she could be due for parole in just over three years.

Her 32-year-old boyfriend, who also raped a two-year old girl, was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years behind bars.

Owen failed to alert the authorities despite living with the couple for over five weeks leading up to the death.

Judge Stephen Kramer QC sentenced him to imprisonment for public protection with a minimum of three years behind bars before being considered for parole.

He said: "You ignored Peter's needs, the needs of a child at obvious risk."

Baby Peter died on August 3, 2007, of a broken back after suffering nine months horrific abuse while on the 'at risk' register with Haringey Social Services.

Judge Kramer told the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons: "I have concluded that you are a manipulative and self-centred person with a calculating side as well as a temper.

"I sentence you for a course of conduct lasting weeks if not months during which Peter was abused, injured and finally killed."

The boyfriend, who was cleared of murder by a jury, was given a life sentence and told he would serve a minimum of 10 years behind bars for rape.

He was jailed for 12 years concurrently for causing or allowing the death of Baby Peter.

Yesterday (May 28) it was announced that the Attourney General, Baroness Scotland, could take the case to the Court of Appeal.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office said: "We have called for the papers in this case since the Attorney General has the power to refer certain sentences to the Court of Appeal for review if, after looking at all the facts, she thinks the sentence was unduly lenient.

"Within this power, the Attorney General can look at minimum tariffs imposed on life and indeterminate sentence prisoners.

"However, it is important to understand that such prisoners are not released automatically after the minimum term has been served - they are only released when the independent Parole Board is satisfied that their continued detention is no longer necessary to protect the public."

A High Court order continues the ban on identifying the couple until at least August this year.

The mother, from Haringey, pleaded guilty to allowing the death of a child and her boyfriend and Owen were both convicted of allowing the death of a child.

A jury cleared the stepfather of murder after judge Steven Kramer QC threw out the charge against both the mother and Owen due to lack of evidence.

The sexual abuse allegations relating to the two year-old girl only emerged after the death of 17 month-old Baby P.

Like Peter, she was on the 'at risk' Child Protection Register with Haringey Social Services.

Baby P's mother was accused of cruelty to a child after it was claimed she witnessed the abuse but she was cleared by the second jury.

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